Los Angeles Angels Ohtani Shohei (29) was evaluated as the biggest player in the upcoming FA market.
Ohtani will be eligible for free agency after the end of this season. Because of this, there were many expectations that Ohtani would be traded, but the Angels did not trade Ohtani, and the possibility of an extended contract was also slim, so it was almost certain that he would come to the free agent market.
Ohtani, who is having his best season this season, recorded a batting average of 30.4 (146 hits in 480 at-bats), 44 homers, 92 RBIs, an OPS of 1.072 in 130 games as a hitter, and 10 wins, 5 losses, and an ERA of 3.14 in 23 games (132 innings) as a pitcher. On the 24th (hereinafter Korean time), in the first game of the double header against Cincinnati, he felt something wrong with his elbow and went down the mound, and was eventually diagnosed with elbow damage. Whether or not to undergo surgery is yet to be determined. 토토사이트
On the 29th, MLB.com, the official major league media, released the rankings of players who qualify for free agency in the upcoming offseason. Ohtani, who was expected to reach a contract worth 600 million dollars (approximately 796.5 billion won) before the injury, still maintained the undisputed number one despite the injury.
MLB.com said, “Otani, who has damaged elbow ligaments, may have to undergo a second Tommy John operation (elbow ligament replacement surgery). Nevertheless, Ohtani should of course be seen as the biggest free agent this year.”
Aaron Judge, who won the American League MVP last season with a batting average of .311 in 157 games at the age of 30 (177 hits in 570 at-bats), 62 homers, 131 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.111, earned free agent status after the season and played 9 with the Yankees. The contract was renewed for 360 million dollars (approximately 477.9 billion won) per year. Judge’s contract could be a reference point for Ohtani.
MLB.com said, “Judge, who was one year older than Ohtani now, signed a nine-year, $360 million contract. Compared to Judge, Ohtani can sign a 10-year, $400 million (approximately 531 billion won) contract even considering the blow. It is certain that he would have received more money if there were no injuries, but given that there are many prospects that he can return as a pitcher in 2025 at the latest, Ohtani’s contract seems to be worth 500 million dollars (about 663.8 billion won).” Next, he picked the Angels, Dodgers, San Francisco, and Seattle as prospective contract teams.
Ohtani easily topped the FA rankings, with Cody Bellinger (Cubs) at No. 2, Matt Chapman (Toronto) at No. 3, Blake Snell (San Diego) at No. 4, Josh Hader (San Diego) at No. 5, and Julio Urias at No. 6. Dodgers), Aaron Nola (Philadelphia), Eduardo Rodriguez (Detroit), Lucas Giolito (Angels), Jordan Montgomery (Texas), and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (Orix), 10th.